Film lauds Canada’s health-care system

Marc bence/for metro edmonton


Nurse Karen Kuprys hands out free SiCKO movie tickets.

Dressed in red and white clothing, a large handful of nurses who prescribed a Michael Moore film to people during the lunch-hour rush at Churchill Square yesterday said the big-screen flick speaks volumes about the quality of Canadian health care.

The nurses handed out band-aids and free tickets to Moore’s latest work, SiCKO, that investigates the American private health-care system with a focus on the behaviour of large health insurance companies.

During the movie, Moore contrasts the U.S. system with other countries that offer universal health-care coverage.

Representatives from the United Nurses of Alberta say the documentary should encourage all Albertans to be more vigilant about maintaining the province’s current public health-care system — one they view as already threatened by a government keen on allowing private health care.

“This sends a very strong message about our Canadian health-care system and how it’s a very core Canadian value,” said UNA vice-president Bev Dick.

“This system has been under attack from a number of different sources, including right here in this province.”

Dick said Moore has done a “stunning job” of explaining why a public health-care system is so important in a humorous way and the filmmaker offered a frightening look at the free-enterprise health-care system.

The nurses handed out more than 150 movie passes, along with mailing some passes to Premier Ed Stelmach and Health Minister Dave Hancock.

“The premier should listen to Michael Moore on private health care, just in case he’s trying some of his own health-care reform,” said Dick.

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